Various Artists

Great Gospel Choirs, Vol. 2

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The Liquid 8 label rarely releases inferior product, but it does have a penchant for endlessly repackaging that material, lowering the perceived value of the music with every new iteration (and showing little regard for the tastes of gospel listeners). Great Gospel Choirs, Vol. 2 slightly resembles its predecessors in that regard, but it also includes some sparkling, energetic performances by a succession of top-rate gospel choirs. The Thompson Community Choir doesn't squander its leadoff position; Jesse Dixon and Milton Brunson lead the group through "All Power in His Hands" and sound as though they were channeling some of that power themselves. Elsewhere Christ Tabernacle Choir display a heavy soul influence on "There Is a God" courtesy of a raging organ and the constant testifying by a smaller backing chorus. The brief running time and lack of copious notes mark this disc as a budget compilation, but the music that's included is recommended highly.

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